Millionaires in Lotto fun at garden party

A group of 40 Lotto winners from across the region gathered in Leeds today for a street party to celebrate their winnings.
A group of 40 Lotto winners from across the region gathered in Leeds today for a street party to celebrate their winnings.
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SOUTH Yorkshire Lottery winners toasted their wealth and good fortune with champagne at a garden party with other millionaires who cashed in their lucky tickets.

Lottery operator Camelot hosted the celebration for more than 40 Yorkshire winners, among them Sheffield hairdresser-turned millionaire and businesswoman Deana Sampson who scooped a £5.4 million jackpot on the National Lottery - transforming her life.

The mum-of-two has swapped her city council home for a converted water mill in Baslow and has gone from living on benefits to investing her money in bars and restaurants.

Her children were sent to private school, she bought a Porsche and she has helped and treated family and friends.

“I come from a Northern working class background. My feet are firmly on the ground but I do wear better shoes now,” she joked.

“These heels are better than I used to wear - I used to get my shoes from the market.”

But Deana said she has never taken her new found wealth for granted and helps out waitressing at her businesses.

She was joined at the event by Sheffield millionaires Ray and Barbara Wragg, who won £7.6m on the Lottery.

They have bought flash cars, exotic holidays and a luxury new home but the majority of their win - £5.5m - has been given away to relatives, friends, charities and good causes.

Theresa and Graham Norton, of Rotherham, also attended the event after winning £1.7m in 2003.

The modest 41-year-olds extended their home rather than buying new and drive a Kia.

They bought two caravans in Cleethorpes with their winnings and Graham bought a new £4,000 fishing rod.